Alastair D

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£ 24.00-50.00 p/h

I am a qualified teacher with one years teaching experience in GCSE English Language, A-level Religious Studies and Philosophy. I hold a PGCE in Post-compulsory Education from UCL, as well as a BA (Hons) degree in Philosophy from University of Leeds. My qualifications and experience demonstrate an ability to provide well-planned, enjoyable and engaging private tutor sessions for the development of students` subject knowledge and overall attainment.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I have an inclusive, engaging and personable teaching style developed through a teacher training program at UCL in Post-compulsory Education (A-levels) and my current position at Strode's College, Egham as the Teacher of Philosophy.

What qualifications do you have?

I have a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from University of Leeds and a PGCE in Post-compulsory Education from University College London. My qualifications and experience demonstrate an ability to provide well-planned, enjoyable and engaging private tutor sessions for the development of students' subject knowledge and overall attainment.

Tell us about your experience...

As a result of my education, I have developed articulate verbal and written communication skills, and accomplished critical thinking and problem solving capabilities through various presentations, essays and reports. In addition, during undergraduate studies, I developed rapport building skills and classroom management experience through the ‘proctoring’ module in my final year. This module involved managing discussion between first year philosophy students in a tutorial-style setting. I feel the skills gained from this specific experience has had an important influence on my tutoring/teaching practice. Also, it has been evidenced during recent formal teaching observations in A-level Philosophy and GCSE English Language during teacher training that I can manage discussion effectively through prompting questions and timely interventions, whilst maintaining a personable and inclusive learning environment where students feel comfortable to contribute in discussion. I find it is important to increase inclusion by encouraging active participation by students through targeted questions or open questions. Practice in discussion is important as it can help develop communication and critical thinking, regularly related to higher attainment in GCSE English Language/Literature, and A-level Philosophy. In addition, the PGCE Post-compulsory Education at University College London involved a unique blend of practical and theory-based training. As such, I have developed into a confident and reflective individual. The course has advanced my verbal presentation skills, such as confident and clear vocal speech, and an engaging tone of voice, through regular micro-teaching sessions. In addition to this, my teaching placement at BSix Brookhouse Sixth Form College offered extensive teaching experience in A-level Philosophy and Religious studies, as well as GCSE English Language. During my placement year, I developed my subject and curriculum knowledge through regular planning and delivery of full lessons. Through independent research and an organised mentorship with a Senior Tutor, I have developed an inclusive teaching/tutoring-style which considers differentiation and stretch and challenge in the planning and delivery process to increase attainment and student engagement. At present, I am the Teacher of Philosophy at Strode's college. Within this diverse and challenging role I have further developed my teaching pedagogy through regular professional development training. Also, I am responsibe for the planning, teaching and management of all the students of Philosophy A-level, which further demonstrates my ability and experience to support learning and tuition. As shown by my experience during teacher training and as the current Teacher of Philosophy at Strode's College, I am enthusiastic about education and always strive to do the best for my students. I am able to take on responsibility for learning and have experience of successfully supporting students learning in GCSE English Language, A-level Philosophy and Religious Studies. I also have the confidence and determination to ensure that my students improve and reach their learning potential.

What locations do you tutor in?

South West London and Central London.

What is your personal message to students?

I'm an interesting and passionate tutor of English and Philosophy GCSE/A-level, who is experienced and able to challenge students to improve their subject knowledge and grades, but also make learning/tuition both engaging and enjoyable.

CRB/Disclosure Certificate: Disclosure certificate
Home-based tutor: No
Travelling tutor: South West and Central London
Online tutor: No
Subjects: English GCSE
  Philosophy A-level
  Religious Studies A-level